How many times a week do we complain about being bored? Nothing we get done in our daily lives fills us with excitement. We even question if what we are doing is actually worth it. We start to believe we need to do something out of the box. We would love to not have to do the things we currently do.
We submerge ourselves in tasks that are counter-productive to what we truly want to accomplish. This eventually leads us to a world full of boredoms; which are nothing more than an emotional and occasionally psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything to do and is not interested in their surroundings. It would also include the feeling that a day is dull or tedious.
When we are used to doing the same things day in day out, our life begins to become full of routines which puts the brain in autopilot. It can also limit your ability to grow and figure out who you are beyond your surroundings. This will suppress your adventurous spirit. Routines are about repetition; doing today the same things you did yesterday which eventually become hard habits to break.
We don’t live on a factory assembly line where there are no opportunities to be an innovator. When our lives become governed by routine it is easier to continue doing today what you did yesterday and stop looking for ways to do things better. You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
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Building up and improving the productive routines while rooting out the wasteful ones will improve your life. Powerful routines are the ones that help you maximize productivity. Aimlessly browsing the internet while not even looking for anything specific is an example of a Non-productive routine. Another example would be turning on the TV and watching whatever is on letting precious time slip by. These behaviors take away time that you could be investing in yourself, in your family or being productive.
When you do the same tasks repeatedly; awareness of the moment may begin to slip away. This will lead us to Complacency which is self satisfaction specially when accompanied by unawareness of actual danger or deficiencies. This can also gives us false confidence by creating an illusion that we have some sort control over our lives. The danger is that you can let your whole life slip away without even noticing.
IDENTIFY DANGEROUS ROUTINES...
We have to be aware of everything we do as we actually do it. This has to be a conscious effort since we awake in the morning until we go to sleep at night. Every step needs to be taken with a sense of awareness that will enable us to live in the present. When we are able to achieve this, we will identify which routines in our life are time-wasters and which routines are contributing to our self development and growth.
A very simple way to analyze the routines in your life is by asking yourself why you are doing them as well as looking at the results you are obtaining out of each routine. Evaluating these results can easily help you understand the type of routine you are dealing with.
We have to point out that we are fully aware that routines are a necessary part of our daily lives. They enable processes to be completed on every aspect of our life. What we want to make clear is that the problem is NOT the routine itself but the lack of intention behind mindlessly completing any given routine.
HOW TO ADD INTENTION TO YOUR ROUTINES...
How many routines without intention are you able to identify in your life? How would you begin replacing them?
An intention is a determination to act in a certain way. Intentions are powerful enough to change an aimless routine in your life into a routine which can contribute to your personal growth. Routines without intentions need to be replaced. Life is designed to be lived. To be enjoyed and filled with enthusiasm.
This is not only true for when we go on vacations, but for us to live a life full of excitement every single day. Remember that both enthusiasm and excitement are contagious which means you will be able to directly impact the lives of those around you. Don’t forget to Challenge Yourself To Be Better… To Do More… To Live For Growth!